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University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences assist in giving Texarkana native a second chance at life



Little Rock, Arkansas – The gift of life from organ donation saves Arkansans every year.

This was the case for Texarkana native Barbara Riley who was the recipient of a kidney transplant at UAMS.

A 62-year-old, Barbara Riley, got diagnosed with renal failure, after taking medication for pain due to endometriosis.

Until June 19th of 2020, Riley was chained to her dialysis machine.

She got the call that changed her life on June 18th alongside her friends at a “Bingo” game. Riley was in surgery late that night, receiving a kidney from Florida, in hopes to save her life.

“I got the best care here and I travel two hours, one way, to come and get my healthcare because I trust them and as you can see I am a living witness or product of the care they provide,” stated Riley.

Due to not having any medical scares or concerns, Riley’s commuting journey to UAMS came to a close after healing from her transplant.